Trial for accused shooter Christopher Speight to be delayed

APPOMATTOX, Va. — A man charged with killing eight people at his Appomattox home will not go to trial next month as planned.

Appomattox County Commonwealth’s Attorney Darrel Puckett tells the News & Advance that attorneys are still waiting for mental health exerts appointed in the case to submit their evaluations of Christopher Speight, whose trial had been set to begin June 11. A new trial date has not been set.

The 41-year-old Speight is charged with attempted capital murder of a Virginia State Police helicopter pilot and three counts of capital murder in the slayings of his sister, her husband and his niece and nephew in the home they shared.

A neighborhood couple, their teenage daughter and a teenage friend were also found dead at Speight’s home on Jan. 19, 2010.

Read more: The Post’s crime coverage

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